Post Na/GloPoWriMo 2018


National Poetry Writing Month was the inspiration for starting this blog in 2014, and, as I enter my fifth year here at WordPress, I’ve just met that challenge for the fifth time.  With the 30 days of National/Global Poetry Writing Month behind us, I managed to post a poem each day. Some days I posted as many as 3 times, for a total of 48 posts. 14 of those posts contained a total of 26 haiku. I met the prompts of Maureen Thorson at for 19 days (and twice for one of the prompts) and relied on other prompts for most of the remaining days.

As usual, I enjoyed reading the prompt responses at, and I made a point of reading at least 90% of those on most of the days. Reading and writing took a lot of my time, but I’ll likely fall back into my routine of (way) less than a poem per day for awhile.

Thank you to everyone who has read my poetry this past month and to all who commented. Those comments are a nice dose of encouragement.

Ken G.

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Surf’s Up

Okay, time to get goofy. The optional prompt for Day 30 of National/Global Poetry Writing Month is to write a poem that engages with a strange and fascinating fact. Orca gestation can last from 15 to 18 months.

Surf’s Up

Surf's Up_2Orca curls his tiny tail,
there inside his momma whale,
swimming laps for eighteen months,
coming up for air not once.

Surf's Up_1His gestation, oh so cool,
in a pool within a pool
means, of course, when he pops out
he can swim without a doubt.

Image source: NOAA Fisheries West Coast (flickr)

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bamboo longs for heights


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bamboo longs for heights
to bend the wind to its will
looking to the clouds
one note of the shakuhachi
resounds endlessly
piercing the winter clouds
                    Sōen Nakagawa

mountaintop vista
snow falling through a rainbow
fades with setting sun

snow on mountain peak
unfurls a Rainbow
                    Sōen Nakagawa

My haiku are inspired by the two haiku by Sōen Nakagawa, provided in the prompt at Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #30 Revise That Haiku.
I have taken it one step further by writing a fusion haiku
inspired by the two prompt haiku:

rainbow of music
shaukuhachi’s plaintive tune
mountain peak shines

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Within These Waters

Within These Waters

Within These Waters

Look into the depths between the lilies,
beyond the darkness, to see
the light held by the stars reflected there.

See that light peel off the water dropping
from your fingers as they trail through the water
to know this light is not so distant, not so silent.

The voice calling to you reminds you that all need not be so dark,
that not every siren will lead you to further darkness,
and that light can conquer shadow.

From the surface of these waters to the fish at your fingertips;
from the trees sitting on the banks to all the land that holds them,
there is not one thing that cannot be brought into this light.

Consider this sign not as a valedictory,
but as a welcoming sight inviting you to be in the light.
If anything, by this you should be astounded.

The optional prompt for Day 29 of National/Global Poetry Writing Month is to write a poem in response to a Sylvia Plath poem. The poem I have chosen:

Crossing the Water
       Sylvia Plath

Black lake, black boat, two black, cut-paper people.
Where do the black trees go that drink here?
Their shadows must cover Canada.

A little light is filtering from the water flowers.
Their leaves do not wish us to hurry:
They are round and flat and full of dark advice.

Cold worlds shake from the oar.
The spirit of blackness is in us, it is in the fishes.
A snag is lifting a valedictory, pale hand;

Stars open among the lilies.
Are you not blinded by such expressionless sirens?
This is the silence of astounded souls.

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Silent Canyons

Silent Canyons

Silent Canyons_aCranial walls,
processing moment
to moment, momentary

lapses more frequent
with time, hold secrets

forgotten. Frescoes
peer through graffiti,
impressions growing

fainter with each
calculation, dusk
slowly encroaching.

Image source: Astronomy Picture of the Day, and credited to NASA, JPL-CalTech, SwRI, MSSS.  NASA offers raw images of the Jupiter flybys by the spacecraft Juno at JUNOCAM for the public to edit and upload to the site.  This image (cropped here) was processed by Rick Lundh, using an impressionist oil-painting filter in Photoshop.

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No Longer a Fool

No Longer a Fool.jpgNo Longer a Fool

Beggar no more,
nor vagabond
fleeing from the past,
I offer no excuse
and stand willingly
at the precipice of Love,
this rose my offer,
my fate in your hands.

The optional prompt for Day 27 of National/Global Poetry Writing Month is to write a poem inspired by a tarot card or by the images or ideas associated with it.

In the earliest Tarot decks, The Fool is usually depicted as a beggar or a vagabond. In the Tarot of Marseilles he appears to be chased by an animal. This image is from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, and found at There is more information on The Fool here.

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fluid inversion

fluid inversion

haunting melody
in alien atmospheres
fluid inversion

landscapes or moonscapes?
delusion by infusion
fluid deception

mystical displays
chromatic presentations
fluid immersion

This haiku triplet is in response to Haiku Review Challenge – Waterballet by The Secret Keeper. The short film offered for review is Waterballet – Barbapapa by Kamiel Rongen, found on Vimeo.  A brief explanation of the process used to create the video can be found here.

Senses Spent

Senses Spent.pngSenses Spent

Driven mad by your scent
in the final moments,
my eyes, my mind
afire with images of love,
I hear a faint echo of my own
in your final gasp, your taste
lingering on my tongue.
Now touching, but not.

The optional prompt for Day 26 of National/Global Poetry Writing Month is “to write a poem that includes images that engage all five senses. Try to be as concrete and exact as possible with the ‘feel’ of what the poem invites the reader to see, smell, touch, taste and hear.”

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